Victory runners and walkers appreciated the cooler conditions and a pleasant north-easterly breeze for the second preliminary activity on Saturday afternoon, March 9, at Willandra.
Forty-three competitors completed a variety of distances with a good mix of ages from 4 to over 70.
Due to the farm experiencing two droughts in the last 12 months, the course is extremely dry and despite constant watering from the dam, the grass is not showing a lot of growth.
With the creek bed completely dry for the second time in the past six months this is the first time in history this has occurred. Certainly climate change is making an impression.
However it is pleasing to note the majority of competitors who ran or walked last week displayed some impressive improvements this week.
In the 1km young Ashley Spicer improved by 6 seconds being pushed by her friend Holly Matthews who was first across the finish line by just 2 seconds.
Two young stars in the 2km with very impressive improvements were Ayden Spicer, just over 1 minute, and Victoria Hill, just under 1 minute. David Holland and son Jai also impressed with good improvements, Jai once again taking first place in 2km.
Two 2km walkers, Hati and Kanun Onsel, also managed to improve their time by over a minute. Well done.
The only contender in the 3km was Brooklyn Henry who used the distance as a cool down after a hard training session. We congratulate Brooklyn on winning his age group at the recent State All Schools Triathlon Championships. He will be attending the Australian championships in April.
Eighteen-year-old Kieren Harrison also competed in the Triathlon and looked quite impressive in his comeback to cross-country, running the 8km for the first time in many months and finishing with ease in under 40 minutes.
Younger brother Cameron had intended to run the 3km in training for his fast approaching school XC carnival. However, due to a niggling knee injury sustained at school, he made the wise decision to run the 2km instead.
Cristine Suffolk and Paul Jennings managed a good improvement on their 4km times, while first-time contenders for the 4km, Natasha Spicer and Ros and Leela Matthews looked very impressive.
We were thrilled to welcome Eva and Erich Moeller-Duhme back home after a holiday in Western Australia. Eva in her usual style, always displaying great determination, ran the 6km, while Erich also impressed us with his run in the 8km. This couple are a joy to know, and with their attitude ‘age is no barrier’ are fine examples to our younger generation.
It was also pleasing to welcome Laura Prince and her two youngsters, Layla and Riley and Vanessa Braddick and daughters Sophie and Katie. Thanks to Bill Seary and Julie Harrison who assisted on the course.
A full list of the results will be on the Victory website. Potential members are very welcome to make their way to Willandra before 3pm any Saturday afternoon.